Escribe and critically assess the main challenges faced by trade unions in Britain today.

NOTE: the writer should utilise the following readings extensively, before using other soureces.
Essential Reading
a? Blyton, P. and Turnbull, P. (2004) The Dynamics of Employee Relations, 3rd. edit., chap.5,
Basingstoke: Palgrave.

a? Waddington, J. (2003) a?Trade Union Organizationa, in Edwards, P. (ed.). Industrial Relations: Theoryand Practice in Britain. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell, Chapter 9, pp. 214-256.

a? Simms, M. and Charlwood, A. (2010) a?Trade unions: power and influence in a changed contexta, inT. Colling and M. Terry (eds) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice, 3rd edit., Chichester: Wiley,chap. 6.

a? Healy, G., Bradley, H. and Mukherjee, N. (2004) a?Inspiring activists: the experience of minorityethnic women in trade unionsa, in Healy, G., Heery, E., Taylor, P. and Brown, W. (eds.). The Future of Worker Representation, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

a? Blanchflower, D. (2007) a?International patterns of union membershipa, British Journal of IndustrialRelations, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 1-29.

a? Heery, E. (2002) a?Partnership versus organising: alternative futures of British trade unionisma,Industrial Relations Journal, 33, 1.

a? Waddington, J. (2006) a?Why do members leave? The importance of retention to trade union growtha,Labor Studies, 31, 3: 15-38.

a? Beale, D. (2003) a?Engaged in battle: exploring the sources of workplace union militancy at RoyalMaila, Industrial Relations Journal, 34, 1: 82-95.

a? Holgate, J. (2005) a?Organising migrant workers: a case study of working conditions and unionizationin a London sandwich factorya, Work, Employment and Society, 19, 3: 463-480.

a? Kelly, J. (1996) a?Union militancy and social partnershipa, (ch. 3) in P. Ackers et al (eds) The NewWorkplace and Trade Unionism, London: Routledge.

a? Waddington, J. and Hoffmann, R. (2000) Trade Unions and Europe: Facing Challenges and
Searching for Solutions, ch. 17, ETUI